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Microsoft to Move Cortana as a Separate App in Windows Store

The software giant is using this beta app to update Cortana separately from Windows 10

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A Cortana beta that has appeared in the Windows Store has ignited the speculations. Pixabay

Hinting that its voice assistant app does not always come built-in, Microsoft is planning on moving Cortana as a separate app in the Windows store.

A Cortana beta that has appeared in the Windows Store has ignited the speculations, The Verge reported on Friday.

The software giant is using this beta app to update Cortana separately from Windows 10, so the digital assistant can supposedly get new features quickly, but the step clearly indicates that the digital assistant could eventually not be built into Windows 10.

Rumours of Microsoft distancing Cortana from Windows 10 first started when the software major decoupled Cortana from Search in the May 2019 update of Windows 10.

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Hinting that its voice assistant app does not always come built-in, Microsoft is planning on moving Cortana as a separate app. Pixabay

However, Cortana was always built as a web-based service hence it could be updated without core Windows 10 changes.

As of now it is not immediately clear what Microsoft has planned here, but it is likely connected to the upcoming beta phase of the next Windows 10 update code-named 19H2.

Microsoft had planned to start testing 19H2 by now and originally promised a spring release to testers, the report said.

The company has been surprisingly quiet about what 19H2 even includes but it is expected to arrive later this year with a full Linux kernel.

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Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of 19H2 and it continues to issue builds to testers, the report added. (IANS)

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Amazon Alexa May Come to Windows 10’s Lock Screen

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers

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Amazon Alexa. Flickr
Amazon Alexa. Flickr

Tech giant Microsoft would allow Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to activate on the lock screen in the next update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s new update follows changes to Cortana in Windows 10, as it moves to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and away from the built-in search experience in the operating system, The Verge reported on Monday.

By putting Alexa on the lock screen, a Windows 10 PC would be an Alexa smart speaker even when the PC is in sleep mode.

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The tech giant plans to implement these changes to Alexa in the code name “19H2” update which is expected to arrive in September.

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Microsoft and Amazon last year entered into a partnership to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers. (IANS)